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  • ISP 5.0: Critical Path Support Elements
    Updated May, 2017

    Aerobraking is a spaceflight maneuver that reduces the high point of an elliptical orbit (apoapsis) by flying the vehicle through the atmosphere at the low point of the orbit (periapsis). The... more

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Space Books

  • Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy
    Douglas Adams
    Fiction
    This lighthearted novel is the story of Arthur Dent. He travels through space as the last human left alive. It's filled with veering jokes and... more
  • Starship
    Brian Aldiss
    Fiction
    It's about a generation ship where over a period of many generations the "crew" have slowly turned to primatives unaware of the true... more
  • Assemblers of Infinity
    Kevin Anderson
    Fiction
    In the near future our space efforts are booming featuring a large lunar base. A huge structure is discovered on the far side of the Moon…apparently... more
  • Trader To The Stars
    Poul Anderson
    Fiction
    This novel features lots of economic activity facilitated by space travel. There are some similarities here to Heinlein's Citizen of the Galaxy... more
  • Orion Shall Rise
    Poul Anderson
    Fiction
    In a post nuclear warfare environment, the remaining high tech is located on a big space station called Skyholm. Rebels seize control of Skyholm but... more
  • Lifeline
    Kevin Anderson
    Fiction
    Huge war breaks out on Earth completely disrupting society. While all is chaos on Earth, there are 3 space colonies in orbit (American, Societ, and... more
  • Caves of Steel, The
    Isaac Asimov
    Fiction
    Set in the distant future, space travel and advanced robots are commonplace. With humanity living on many planets the human race has become... more
  • I, Robot
    Isaac Asimov
    Fiction
    Most famous for the introduction of the three laws of Robotics: 1. A robot may not injure a human being 2. A robot must obey orders given to it by... more
  • Foundation
    Isaac Asimov
    Fiction
    In the distant future, humanity has spread to countless planets throughout the Milky Way. Now the Galactic Empire is falling apart. Hari Seldon,... more
  • Foundation and Empire
    Isaac Asimov
    Fiction
    Hari Seldon heads up the Foundation which has fought off the local planets and their warrior culture. However, now the Foundation is confronted by... more
  • Second Foundation
    Isaac Asimov
    Fiction
    The Foundation has been torn apart. However, it is said that there is a 2nd Foundation hidden away at the end of the Galaxy. This 2nd Foundation... more
  • Naked Sun, The
    Isaac Asimov
    Fiction
    Humanity has spread through the Galaxy. The positronic brain has enabled incredibly advanced robots. On Solaria, many humans live on large estates... more
  • Robots of Dawn, The
    Isaac Asimov
    Fiction
    Robot R. Daneel Olivaw and Earth detective Elijah Bailey are again pressed into service to investigate the "murder" of a robot. They... more
  • Orbital Resonance
    John Barnes
    Fiction
    Earth has been greviously wounded by wars, disease, and environmental damage. Hope for the future is focused on an asteroid colony called the Flying... more
  • Ring
    Stephen Baxter
    Fiction
    Wormholes are created that enable traveling enormous distanced through the galaxy. Michael Poole pioneered the work, but then tried a new approach... more
  • Forge of God, The
    Greg Bear
    Fiction
    Aliens invade the Earth and take steps toward destroying the planet. Another group of aliens send robots to collect biological samples of Earth... more
  • Anvil of Stars
    Greg Bear
    Fiction
    82 humans that escaped Earth's destruction are aboard a The Ship of the Law. It's a huge ship hundreds of light years away from the... more
  • Eon
    Greg Bear
    Fiction
    A huge asteroid abruptly appeares in Earth orbit. The 300 kilometer long asteroid is hollow and contains Thistledown…which appears to be the last... more
  • In The Ocean of Night
    Gregory Benford
    Fiction
    An inbound asteroid is on a collision course with Earth. Nigel Walmsley (NASA astronaut) goes on a mission to destroy it with a nuclear weapon. He... more
  • Across the Sea of Suns
    Gregory Benford
    Fiction
    While exploring the Moon, humans found an alien spaceship that had crashed long ago. From the wreck, the technology of a Bussard ramjet was deduced... more
  • Heart of the Comet
    Gregory Benford
    Fiction
    In 2061 an mission is launched to rendezvous with Haley's Comet - their goal to change the comet's trajectory so it orbits Earth at a... more
  • Stars My Destination, The
    Alfred Bester
    Fiction
    The central character is Gully Foyle, a crew member on the commercial spaceship Nomad. The ship is attacked but he survives. When a merchant... more
  • Strangers From the Sky
    Margaret Wander Bonanno
    Fiction
    Written before the Star Trek movie First Contact, this novel is another version of how we met the Vulcans. An alien spaceship crashes in the... more
  • Privateers
    Ben Bova
    Fiction
    The U.S. has gradually withdrawn from space activities and the Soviet Union has taken a dominant position in space. This results in Soviet dominance... more
  • Colony
    Ben Bova
    Fiction
    The Earth is in a bad way due to environmental catastrophe and population pressure. However, we have built a space colony called Island One. The... more
  • Kinsman Saga, The
    Ben Bova
    Fiction
    Chet Kinsman is one hot astronaut. In addition to his many orbital exploits Kinsman goes on to head up the first American lunar colony. World... more
  • Return To Mars
    Ben Bova
    Fiction
    A second crewed mission to Mars is in motion, commanded by Jamie Waterman who was a crew member of the first mission. There are numerous challenges... more
  • Sundiver
    David Brin
    Fiction
    The key character is Jacob Demwa who is emplyed at the uplift center. Demwa's main claim to fame at the beginning of the book is that he had... more
  • Silver Tower
    Dale Brown
    Fiction
    Silver Tower is America's military space station (official name Armstrong Space Station). Silver Toqwer's role is to defend the U.S. from... more
  • Slow Freight
    F.M. Busby
    Fiction
    The unique technology here is a breakthrough transportation technology that takes a very long time for the cargo to arrive. Central character Rance... more
  • Exit Earth
    Martin Caidin
    Fiction
    A coming threat will render Earth uninhabitable. Neither deep underground fortresses not giant submarines will survive. Humanity must leave Earth... more
  • Ender's Game
    Orson Scott Card
    Fiction
    Humanity has been at war with an alien race called the Buggers for a century. A top priority is to identify someone with the potential to be Earth... more
  • Rendezvous With Rama
    Arthur C. Clarke
    Fiction
    Astronomers on Earth detect a large incoming object. As it approaches it begins to change its trajectory and we realize it's not a natural... more
  • Plundering of NASA: An Expose
    R.D. Boozer
    Non-fiction
    Instead of portraying yet another mission architecture for a mission to the Moon or Mars, this book speaks to the structural issues that cost NASA... more
  • Overlook Film Encyclopedia: Science Fiction
    Phil Hardy
    Non-fiction
    For fans of science fiction movies this is an incredible book. While a bit dated now (covers films through 1983), it's a great look back at the... more
  • Outpassage
    Janet Morris
    Fiction
    Set 150 years or so in the future, humanity is mining asteroids for their resources and is seeking new planets to settle. Sargent Det Cox is the key... more
  • Apollo: An Eyewitness Account by Astronaut/Explorer Artist/Moonwalker Alan Bean
    Alan Bean
    Non-fiction
    This is a beautiful coffee table book filled with the gorgeous paintings of astronaut Alan Bean. The book features an introduction by John Glenn and... more
  • Man On the Moon, A
    Andrew Chaikin
    Non-fiction
    A brilliant book covering the miracle that was the Apollo program and the brave men who walked on the Moon. Also covers the silver medalists who... more
  • Space Shuttle: Celebrating Thirty Years of NASA's First Space Plane
    Piers Bizony
    Non-fiction
    While there have been many books about the space shuttle, this is a look at the shuttle program from the vantage point of knowing that the program... more
  • Illustrated Encyclopedia of Space Technology
    Kenneth Gatland
    Non-fiction
    Prepared by a team of 15 space experts this book offers good coverage of space through the late 1980s. Including: astronauts, early flights, crewed... more
  • Martian, The
    Andy Weir
    Fiction
    A small crew of astronauts lands on Mars and begins to explore. A huge storm hits and the crew needs to evacuate. One crew member, Mark Whatney, is... more
  • Encyclopedia of Science Fiction, The
    John Clute
    Non-fiction
    This is a great companion volume to the Illustrated Sci Fi encyclopedia by the same author. They both cover the same time period, but by not having... more
  • Art of Robert McCall, The
    Robert McCall
    Non-fiction
    Robert McCall was one of the most respected space artists of the 20th century. His paintings ranged from very detailed depictions of hardware and... more
  • Empire from the Ashes
    David Weber
    Fiction
    This story starts when Lt. Colin MacIntyre is on a standard training mission in lunar orbit…but then things get just a little bit crazy. Huge... more
  • NASA & The Exploration of Space
    Roger D. Launius
    Non-fiction
    This is a diverse and wonderful collection of artworks focused on spacecraft of all kinds, people, planets, moons, etc. While the artwork is... more
  • Grand Tour: A Traveler's Guide To The Solar System
    Ron Miller
    Non-fiction
    Filled from cover to cover with incredible images this book takes you on a tour of our solar system. While not as exciting as the inhabited worlds... more
  • Halfway to Anywhere
    G. Harry Stine
    Non-fiction
    While unknown beyond the space community, this book is an insider's classic. The book explores the concept of Single Stage To Orbit (SSTO). There's... more
  • Pale Blue Dot
    Carl Sagan
    Non-fiction
    The star of the hugely popular TV show Cosmos wrote this great book showcasing our exploration of space up through its writing in 1994, and also... more
  • Citadel
    John Ringo
    Fiction
    Tyler Vernon continues to develop a wide variety of huge space infrastructure projects, many of which also have military aspects. Between the huge... more
  • Lost Moon: The Perilous Voyage of Apollo 13
    Jim Lovell
    Non-fiction
    This is the incredible story of Apollo 13. With three lives in the balance, NASA rallied around and brought these men home safely against all odds... more
  • Marketing the Moon: The Selling of the Apollo Lunar Program
    David Meerman Scott
    Non-fiction
    While there have been countless books about the technical aspects of the Apollo program, this book delves into how Apollo was marketed to the... more
  • Reality Dysfunction: Emergence
    Peter Hamilton
    Fiction
    Humanity has moved out into space in a very big way. Lots of people are what's called Edenists (they're genetically modified to live well in space... more
  • Hot Gate, The
    John Ringo
    Fiction
    Various alien societies have been keeping a close eye on Earth's rapid development and one species decides to wipe us out. While by this time Earth... more
  • Old Man's War
    John Scalzi
    Fiction
    On a future Earth suffering from overpopulation and military incursions by alien races, older citizens are encouraged to join the army and leave... more
  • High Frontier, The
    Gerard O'Neill
    Non-fiction
    While on the Princeton faculty Dr. O'Neill became interested in the idea of what we could do in space after Apollo. His conclusion was that in the... more
  • New American Space Plan, A
    Travis S. Taylor
    Non-fiction
    Well known science fiction author Dr. Taylor shares his opinions about how the United States can reinvigorate our space program.
  • Elon Musk: Inventing The Future
    Ashley Vance
    Non-fiction
    The amazing life story of Elon Musk (so far). It tells of his upbringing and education. The main focus is on his corporate activities: PayPal,... more
  • Interplanetary Flight
    Arthur C. Clarke
    Non-fiction
    The book discusses Earth's gravity field, development of rockets, and why it's so difficult for a rocket payload to achieve orbit. Probes and crewed... more
  • Colonies in Space
    T.A. Heppenheimer
    Non-fiction
    While not as well known as Gerard O'Neill's The High Frontier, this book about space settlements was also written in 1977 and contains great... more
  • Neil Armstrong: A Life of Flight
    Jay Barbree
    Non-fiction
    Jay Barbree is one of the world's top space journalists and he knew and interviewed Neil Armstrong many times over a 50 year span. Enjoy this inside... more
  • Moon Is A Harsh Mistress, The
    Robert A. Heinlein
    Fiction
    In 2076 the Moon is a colony populated by convicts and the descendants of convicts. Manny Davis, Professor de la Paz, Wyoming Knott, and a self... more
  • Dune
    Frank Herbert
    Fiction
    The story is focused on young Paul Atreides. He comes from one of the royal families and politics forces his family to move from their home planet... more
  • Rocket Boys
    Homer H. Hickam
    Memoir
    If you saw the movie October Sky, this is the book it was based on. The is a great memoir of boys growing up in the late 1950s and 1960s with stars... more
  • Case for Space Solar Power, The
    John C. Mankins
    Non-fiction
    While the idea of space based solar power has been with us for decades, Mankins has tied in some new approaches and the lower launch costs that are... more
  • Entering Space: Creating a Spacefaring Civilization
    Robert Zubrin
    Non-fiction
    While the book certainly includes Zubrin's plans for humanity and Mars, it also explores further topics including: Moon, asteroids, the outer solar... more
  • Last Man on the Moon, The
    Eugene Cernan
    Non-fiction
    This book is part biography and part the story of the U.S. space program. As the title suggests, the author was the commander of our last trip to... more
  • Robots and Empire
    Isaac Asimov
    Fiction
    The 4th novel of the series that began with the Caves of Steel, humanity has resumed space exploration and is now operating far beyond the spacer... more
  • Shadows of Medusa
    Brian Enke
    Fiction
    The first crewed mission to Mars is launched, but almost everything about the mission is secret…including the entities that sponsored the mission.... more
  • Forever War, The
    Joe Haldeman
    Fiction
    Earth is in a war with aliens. The key character is William Mandella. Much of the book takes place in starships, space stations, and space suits.... more
  • Live Free or Die
    John Ringo
    Fiction
    A huge circular object arrives near Earth…and alien ships come through it and attack Earth. The aliens seize control of Earth immediately. As more... more
  • Science Fiction: The Illustrated Encyclopedia
    John Clute
    Non-fiction
    This is an incredible guide to all things science fiction prior to 1995. It's an extra large size volume filled with great color photographs.... more
  • Armor
    John Steakley
    Fiction
    The novel has many parallels to Heinlein's Starship Troopers. Earth's soldier are dispatched to fight against vast numbers of hostile insect style... more
  • Asteroid Mining 101: Wealth for the New Space Economy
    John S. Lewis
    Non-fiction
    John Lewis has been one of the main authorities on asteroid mining for a long time. This latest book (published in 2014) has the benefit of being as... more
  • Luna: New Moon
    Ian McDonald
    Fiction
    A richly detailed story of the Moon after a few generations of development. While a dark story in many ways, it is also a richly detailed... more
  • Skywatching
    David Levy
    Non-fiction
    This book is a great introduction to astronomy ranging from historical topics to the nuts and bolts of selecting a telescope. Including a nice... more
  • Spacefaring: The Human Dimension
    Albert A. Harrison
    Non-fiction
    Focused on human aspects of spaceflight this book speaks to why people are called to explore space. Human factors of longer term missions are... more
  • Leviathan Wakes
    James S.A. Corey
    Fiction
    We have colonies on the Moon, Mars, the Asteroid Belt and other locations…but we have not yet explored beyond our solar system. The book is a... more
  • On Basilisk Station
    David Weber
    Fiction
    The first of an amazing 13 novel series. Commander Honor Harrington beats an admiral in a wargame exercise so she and her ship (Fearless) are exiled... more
  • Icarus Hunt, The
    Timothy Zahn
    Fiction
    Key character Jordan McKell is a Han Solo type figure smuggling various wares through space. His partner Ixil is an alien. Their ship (Icarus) is a... more
  • …the Heavens and the Earth: A Political History of the Space Age
    Walter A. McDougall
    Non-fiction
    Most people interested in space focus on the technology and the exciting vision of living and working in space. Far fewer people think about the... more
  • 2001: A Space Odyssey
    Arthur C. Clarke
    Fiction
    This classic novel featured a robust space infrastructure by 1999. Central character Heywood Floyd travels from Earth to the Moon. Features... more
  • First Strike
    Christopher Nuttall
    Fiction
    Another example of Earth finding itself militarily outclassed by an alien force. The decision is made that for Earth to have any chance we must... more
  • Contact
    Carl Sagan
    Fiction
    A SETI researcher realizes that at long last we are getting a message from intelligent life from another star. The message is analyzed and it turns... more
  • This New Ocean
    William E. Burrows
    Non-fiction
    This impressive book is a detailed view of our space efforts from the beginning through the mid 1990s. The book is based on almost 200 interviews... more
  • Moon Shot
    Alan Shepard
    Non-fiction
    An inside look at America's journey to the Moon. Written by Alan Shepard the first American in space and Deke Slayton who flew on the Apollo Soyuz... more
  • Case For Mars, The
    Robert Zubrin
    Non-fiction
    This book is an overview of why we need to explore and settle Mars, how we can do so at far less cost than most people think, and how we can do it... more
  • Mote In God's Eye, The
    Larry Niven
    Fiction
    A tiny light sail propelled craft approaches human space. A ship is dispatched to intercept and later a couple of ships are sent to the star system... more
  • Starflight Handbook, The
    Eugene Mallove
    Non-fiction
    This book is an overview of option for travelling beyond our solar system. It's quite accessible information as it's written for a general audience... more
  • Requiem for the Conqueror
    W. Michael Gear
    Fiction
    Humanity is effectively trapped in a fairly small region of space where resources are limited. A military group headed by Staffa Kar Therma (the... more
  • Federation
    Judith Reeves-Stevens
    Fiction
    There have been countless books set in the Star Trek Universe that follow the exploits of Kirk and crew and there have also been a ton of books... more
  • Here Be Dragons: The Rise of SpaceX and the Journey to Mars
    Stewart Money
    Non-fiction
    This is the story of SpaceX and a very compelling book. It traces Musk's bewilderment at not seeing a Mars plan on the NASA website and his idea to... more
  • High Road, The
    Ben Bova
    Non-fiction
    Written by one of the world's great science fiction authors this is a brilliant look ahead at our future in space. In the book he talks about the... more
  • Illustrated History of Space Shuttle: US Winged Spacecraft X-15 to Orbiter
    Melvyn Smith
    Non-fiction
    The book traces the beginnings of spacecraft with wings back to 1959 and the early days of the X-15. It also covers the following winged spacecraft... more
  • Omni Space Almanac, The
    Neil McAleer
    Non-fiction
    Until 1995 there was a great magazine called Omni that covered lots of science fiction and space material. They published the Omni Space Almanac in... more
  • Once and Future Moon, The
    Paul D. Spudis
    Non-fiction
    An overview of the science we learned from Apollo and the Clementine mission of 1994. Why we need to return to the Moon is explored in terms of both... more
  • Reaching For The High Frontier
    Michael Michaud
    Non-fiction
    This book is the story of the early leaders of the space movement in the U.S. from 1972 to 1984. During this time period about 200,000 U.S. citizens... more
  • To Mars And Beyond In The Century To Come
    Popular Science
    Non-fiction
    A collaborative effort, the information comes primarily from a half dozen people. It includes an introduction to space, access to space, Mars,... more
  • Dorsai
    Gordon Dickson
    Fiction
    The Dorsai are a military culture, perhaps closest to the Spartans of ancient Greece, but their military capabilities dominate 15 worlds. The key... more
  • Final Encyclopedia
    Gordon Dickson
    Fiction
    Humanity has colonized 14 other planets and humanity is now very segmented into three primary cultures. There is a warrior culture called the Dorsai... more
  • Liftoff
    Michael Collins
    Non-fiction
    This view of the early days of our space program comes from Michael Collins…perhaps the loneliest man in history as he orbited the Moon alone while... more
  • Quick Silver
    Judith Reeves-Stevens
    Fiction
    The U.S. has developed a space based weapon system of enormous power but it's been kept extremely secret. Elements of the Russian government learn... more
  • Starship Troopers
    Robert A. Heinlein
    Fiction
    Johnnie Rico comes from a wealthy family but decides to join the military. He is assigned to the Mobile Infantry where he learns to wear powered... more
  • Welcome to Moonbase
    Ben Bova
    Fiction
    While technically a science fiction book, it's written as an orientation guide to a new employee reporting for work on a future lunar base. Includes... more
  • Lucifer's Hammer
    Larry Niven
    Fiction
    A comet is detected bound for Earth. As it approaches Earth it breaks into pieces striking Earth at various locations. While not large enough to... more
  • Citizen of the Galaxy
    Robert A. Heinlein
    Fiction
    Baslim the cripple (Col. Richard Baslim) adopts a slave (Thorby) and brings him up as his son. Baslim is killed but has left instructions that his... more
  • Methuselah's Children
    Robert A. Heinlein
    Fiction
    The Howard Foundation has created a group of long lived people through selective breeding. These people have hidden their long lifespan but are... more
  • Ringworld
    Larry Niven
    Fiction
    An expedition is formed consisting of Louis Wu & Teela Brown (humans), Nessus (Pierson's Puppeteer), Speaker-to-Animals (Kzin). Their mission is... more
  • Time Enough For Love
    Robert A. Heinlein
    Fiction
    The story of Lazarus Long, The Senior of the Howard Families. The oldest human (2,000+ years old). Several sections of the book are set in various... more
  • Fountains of Paradise, The
    Arthur C. Clarke
    Fiction
    A group of firms want to build a space elevator on Mars so terraforming can be economically viable. A demonstration of the technology on Earth would... more
  • How Do You Go To The Bathroom In Space
    William R. Pogue
    Non-fiction
    While this book is primarily aimed at high school aged students, there's plenty of interesting information here for space interested readers of all... more
  • Islands in the Sky
    Arthur C. Clarke
    Fiction
    The story feels much like the Heinlein juvenile novels. A boy named Roy Malcolm has a passion to get to space. He wins a contest and gets a two... more
  • Time For The Stars
    Robert A. Heinlein
    Fiction
    The Long Range Foundation wants to send out starships while maintaining communications links with Earth. Identical twins with telepathic abilities... more
  • Space
    James A. Michener
    Fiction
    One of the world's top authors has taken the basic facts of our developments in space from the acquisition of the German scientists acquired after... more
  • Apocalypse Troll, The
    David Weber
    Fiction
    This book is hard to describe but it contains space travel, time travel, and aliens and spans a time period of about 500 years. Key characters are... more
  • Promise of Space, The
    Arthur C. Clarke
    Non-fiction
    A great overview of what was actually happening in space exploration and development in the 1960s coupled with insightful views of the future... more
  • Russian Spring
    Norman Spinrad
    Fiction
    The U.S. is in decline and has mostly discontinued space efforts. At the same time Europe and Russia have stepped up and are pursuing space... more
  • Warriors of Spider, The
    W. Michael Gear
    Fiction
    After the Soviets conquered North America, native Americans gradually realize that their position under Soviet rule is even worse than it was before... more
  • Blue Mars
    Kim Stanley Robinson
    Fiction
    In the culmination of the trilogy, the terraforming of Mars is complete and people can survive on the surface without having to wear walkers (... more
  • Earth Unaware
    Orson Scott Card
    Fiction
    The story opens on a mining ship that's hard at work deep in the Kuiper belt. As astronomer/navigator aboard detects an incoming alien ship. The... more
  • Legacy of Heorot, The
    Larry Niven
    Fiction
    200 people are sent from Earth to establish a colony on the fourth planet of the Tau Ceti system. They use cold sleep in route. Col. Cadmann... more
  • Green Mars
    Kim Stanley Robinson
    Fiction
    The Hugo Award winning novel continues the story began by Red Mars. Many years have passed since the "First Hundred" landed on Mars and now hundreds... more
  • Falling Stars
    Michael Flynn
    Fiction
    Circa 2020, multiple asteroids are detected headed for Earth and missions are mounted to send crews to the asteroids to divert them away from us. As... more
  • Man Who Sold The Moon, The
    Robert A. Heinlein
    Fiction
    DD Harriman is incredibly rich and determined to be the first person to reach the Moon. He invests his fortune and gets lots of his super rich... more
  • Songs of Distant Earth, The
    Arthur C. Clarke
    Fiction
    Earth's sun eventually goes nova. Fortunately Earth has sent out a variety of robotic seed ships that carry DNA & embryos to many distant... more
  • Stranger in a Strange Land
    Robert A. Heinlein
    Fiction
    The first crewed mission to Mars is a disaster with the entire crew lost. A 2ns Mars mission is mounted about 25 years later and they discover that... more
  • Conqueror's Pride
    Timothy Zahn
    Fiction
    There has been peace in the Interstellar Commonwealth for a very long time…and then a Peacekeeper task force is attacked and destroyed by alien... more
  • Footfall
    Larry Niven
    Fiction
    A giant cylindrical ship is detected in the outer solar system…heading toward Earth. Attempts to communicate with it are not successful. On arrival... more
  • Have Space Suit Will Travel
    Robert A. Heinlein
    Fiction
    Young Kip Russell desperately wants to go to space. He enters a contest where the first prize is a trip to the space station but doesn't win and... more
  • Mindstar Rising
    Peter F. Hamilton
    Fiction
    Greg Mandell is a futuristic private investigator with telepathic abilities. The world's leading firm, Event Horizon (headed by Philip Evans) is... more
  • Space Merchants, The
    Frederick Pohl
    Fiction
    In an unusual twist, humanity is working to establish space settlements but nobody wants to go to Venus. One of the major advertising firms (Schoken... more
  • 2081
    Gerard O'Neill
    Non-fiction
    Written by the author of the High Frontier, this book has great content about computers, automation, space colonies, energy, and communications. If... more
  • "Live From Cape Canaveral"
    Jay Barbree
    Non-fiction
    The author has the unique distinction of being the only reporter who has covered every single mission flown by astronauts. Through the decades of... more
  • Moonwar
    Ben Bova
    Fiction
    Moonbase has grown and prospered and is now under the leadership of Doug Stavenger. Doug, the son of Paul Stavenger, was previously exposed to large... more
  • Rolling Stones, The
    Robert A. Heinlein
    Fiction
    The Stone Family (Roger, Castor, Pollux, Meade, Buster, and Hazel) are living peacefully on the Moon as the father supports them by writing scripts... more
  • Storming Intrepid
    Payne Harrison
    Fiction
    U.S. President decides that it's time to deploy a Strategic Defense Initiative system in space. The space shuttle will be used to deploy system... more
  • Voyage From Yesteryear
    James P. Hogan
    Fiction
    Earth is in great danger and it appears possible that the human race may go extinct. An unprecedented effort is made to send some children to Alpha... more
  • 2010: Odyssey Two
    Arthur C. Clarke
    Fiction
    A mission is dispatched to rendezvous with the Discovery spaceship (sent to Jupiter in 2001 in earlier book). The mission's primary aim is to... more
  • Midshipman's Hope
    David Feintuch
    Fiction
    Effects of the interstellar drive system result in most members of starship crews being very young except a very few top officers. An accident... more
  • Sassinak
    Anne McCaffrey
    Fiction
    Sassinak is living on a colony world that has been settled recently. The planet is attacked and the rest of her family is killed. At 12 years old... more
  • Starship Century: Toward the Grandest Horizon
    James Benford
    Non-fiction
    This book is the work of many authors. Its an anthology by authors of both scientific and science fiction backgrounds. It tackles the big question... more
  • Variable Star
    Robert A. Heinlein
    Fiction
    Written after Heinlein's death by Spider Robinson from Heinlein's notes, this is the story of Joel Johnston. He travels to Earth from Ganymede for... more
  • Cyclops
    Clive Cussler
    Fiction
    Dirk Pitt finds out that there's a secret lunar colony. A bunch of wealthy business types have built the base and will go to extremes to keep it... more
  • Lunar Descent
    Allen Steele
    Fiction
    The laborers who work on the Moon work hard and sometimes dangerous jobs as they mine the Moon for the raw materials needed to keep Earth's space... more
  • Price of the Stars, The
    Debra Doyle
    Fiction
    Beka Rosselin-Metadi is a natural adventurer that loves flying spacecraft in true Han Solo style. Her father is a famous general and her mother a... more
  • Between Planets
    Robert A. Heinlein
    Fiction
    In this Heinlein juvenile novel, stresses are breaking out between Earth, Mars, and Venus. The central character, Don Harvey, is in a unique... more
  • Encounter with Tiber
    Buzz Aldrin
    Fiction
    Long ago the Tiberians visited Earth, but they are now extinct. They did however leave information about their civilization on the Moon and Mars.... more
  • Antares Dawn
    Michael McCollum
    Fiction
    500 years in the future humanity has established colonies beyond our home star system. The colony on Alta was cut off from interstellar travel when... more
  • Coyote
    Allen Steele
    Fiction
    Amazing news comes in the form of discovery of a habitable moon (Coyote) in a solar system that's only 40 light years from Earth. A ship is sent to... more
  • Jupiter
    Ben Bova
    Fiction
    Grant Archer is an astrophysicist who is dispatched to a space station orbiting Jupiter. It appears possible that there may be life forms living in... more
  • Moonrise
    Ben Bova
    Fiction
    After establishing a lunar base the government decides to privatize the base which is now owned and operated by the Masterson Corp. Paul Stavenger,... more
  • Red Mars
    Kim Stanley Robinson
    Fiction
    There has been one crewed Mars mission and in 2026 100 colonists travel to Mars to establish a settlement. There's rich detail here on the people... more
  • Friday
    Robert A. Heinlein
    Fiction
    Friday Baldwin is a combat courier, transporting information or small objects anywhere. She's also an AP, or Artificial Person that is genetically... more
  • Space Travel
    Ben Bova
    Non-fiction
    The book is a fantastic introduction to space travel for the general public. It covers space travel within our solar system and travel to other star... more
  • Gripping Hand, The
    Larry Niven
    Fiction
    The is the sequel to The Mote In God's Eye. In the 25 years that have passed since the events of the first book, the aliens (Moties) have been... more
  • How We'll Live On Mars
    Stephen Petranek
    Non-fiction
    The book's premise is that we need to establish a settlement on Mars as a backup copy of humanity. He believes that we will have humans living on... more
  • Introduction to Space: The Science of Spaceflight
    Thomas D. Damon
    Non-fiction
    This would make a good textbook for a college class on space. Updated several times since its first printing in 1989, it covers space history,... more
  • Mars
    Ben Bova
    Fiction
    A huge crewed mission to Mars is mounted by the world community. 25 astronauts from a dozen nations make the journey, some staying in orbit and... more
  • Moving Mars
    Greg Bear
    Fiction
    There's a colony on Mars that is owned by Earth's corporations. Since it's been quite a while since the colony was established there are generations... more
  • Vendetta
    Peter David
    Fiction
    Captain Picard and the Enterprise tangle with the Borg, a race of machine/organic beings. The Enterprise receives a distress call about a Borg... more
  • Voyage
    Stephen Baxter
    Fiction
    This is an alternate history story of what might have happened if President Kennedy had lived. In this universe we followed up on our Apollo victory... more
  • Starman Jones
    Robert A. Heinlein
    Fiction
    Max Jones decides to run away from home. Guilds control all the good jobs and membership is hereditary. Max's uncle was an astrogator and he hopes... more
  • King David's Spaceship
    Jerry Pournelle
    Fiction
    New planets brought into the larger political entity are evaluated based on their space accomplishments. Planets with full membership benefits are... more
  • Orphans of the Sky
    Robert A. Heinlein
    Fiction
    Generation starship where the inhabitants of the ship have lost all knowledge and memory of the fact that they are living on a starship. Several... more
  • Threshold
    Janet Morris
    Fiction
    The novel is the first of a trilogy that is initially located in a big space settlement that houses a large hotel. Key character Joe Smith is a test... more
  • From the Earth to the Moon
    Jules Verne
    Fiction
    This novel from 1865 has lots of amazing parallels to a trip we actually took in 1969. A crew of three people is launched from Florida on a lunar... more
  • Off The Planet
    Jerry M. Linenger
    Non-fiction
    This is the story of how a U.S. astronaut spent five months aboard Space Station Mir as part of U.S. preparations for the then upcoming International... more
  • Red Planet
    Robert A. Heinlein
    Fiction
    This is a coming of age story about a young man named Jim Marlow and how he interacts with his family and his pet Willis. What's unique is that this... more
  • Space Cadet
    Robert A. Heinlein
    Fiction
    The Heinlein juvenile is about a young boy (Matt Dodson)who is accepted to the Solar Patrol academy. As his training develops, Dodson travels... more
  • Jumping Off The Planet
    David Gerrold
    Fiction
    The key character is a boy named Chigger with an unsatisfactory family life. When his Dad suggests a family vacation to Beanstalk City at the top of... more
  • Thunder Strike
    Michael McCollum
    Fiction
    Space development is coming along quite well but there's never enough water to keep everyone happy, until a comet is found near Jupiter. Initially... more
  • Back To The Moon
    Homer H. Hickam
    Fiction
    Jack Medaris has been working for years to launch a probe to the Moon to bring back a quantity of Helium3 in an effort to help Earth benefit from... more
  • Nemesis
    Isaac Asimov
    Fiction
    Set 200 years in the future, Earth is a very crowded place and many space settlements have been established. A colony called Rotor has left Earth... more
  • Mars On Earth
    Robert Zubrin
    Non-fiction
    Members of the Mars Society, unable to wait until they could actually go to Mars, established a simulated Mars base in the High Arctic. This remote... more
  • Moonfall
    Jack McDevitt
    Fiction
    A comet is detected and it's headed our way, it looks like it will hit the Moon. This presents a huge problem because the U.S. has just completed a... more
  • Rogue Star
    Michael Flynn
    Fiction
    Mariesa van Huyten continues to expand her firm's space capabilities…resulting in more and more other companies getting into the act. Primary plot... more
  • Venus
    Ben Bova
    Fiction
    Venus is an incredibly hostile environment in terms of temperature, pressure, and a deadly atmosphere. Years after his older brother died in the... more
  • Between the Strokes of Night
    Charles Sheffield
    Fiction
    Earth is suffering badly from global warming. There are many space settlements and asteroid mining has created great wealth for the space... more
  • Orbital Decay
    Allen Steele
    Fiction
    This is a story about the people that build the large space structures that are coming. They're called beamjacks. Their work is quite risky and... more
  • Precipice, The
    Ben Bova
    Fiction
    Dan Randolph made his initial fortune from space. With Earth suffering terribly from environmental damage Randolph knows that space sourced... more
  • Farmer in the Sky
    Robert A. Heinlein
    Fiction
    Earth is suffering from overpopulation pressures and food is rationed. George Lerner and his son Bill decide to move to Ganymede, Jupiter's largest... more
  • Firestar
    Michael Flynn
    Fiction
    Mariesa van Huyten is obsessed that a large asteroid may someday collide with Earth. Her family is one of America's richest so she embarks on... more
  • Lodestar
    Michael Flynn
    Fiction
    Mariesa van Huyten continues to be the lead character, but a large portion of the book is focused on Space Academy, a training ground for the large... more
  • Mars Prime
    William Dietz
    Fiction
    The story is set on a ship headed for Mars. The Outward Bound is the second colony ship to travel to Mars. A reporter aboard, Rex Corvan, is... more
  • Cold As Ice
    Charles Sheffield
    Fiction
    In the far future humanity has colonized the solar system. A generation ago a huge war broke out that killed about 10 billion people throughout our... more
  • Imperial Earth
    Arthur C. Clarke
    Fiction
    The story is set in the year 2276. Humanity has established itself in numerous locations throughout the solar system. Key character Duncan Makenzie... more
  • Rock Rats, The
    Ben Bova
    Fiction
    In the sequel to the Precipice, Dan Rudolph has died, but a struggle continues to determine who will control the limitless wealth of the asteroid... more
  • Schirra's Space
    Wally Schirra
    Non-fiction
    The autobiography by Schirra offers a unique perspective since he was the only astronaut of the original Mercury Seven that in addition to flying in... more
  • Cat Who Walks Through Walls, The
    Robert A. Heinlein
    Fiction
    Richard Ames (aka Col. Colin Campbell) is a writer living peacefully aboard the space settlement Golden Rule when a man is shot right in front of him... more
  • Orbitsville
    Bob Shaw
    Fiction
    Key character Vance Garamond is on the run, from everyone so he departs our solar system. He discovers perhaps the most amazing thing ever found by... more
  • Rocket Ship Galileo
    Robert A. Heinlein
    Fiction
    The story opens with a bunch of boys building very advanced model rockets. One of the boys has a nuclear physicist (Don Cargraves) for an uncle and... more
  • Earth Mars Chronicles: Hope For Humanity
    Gerald Driggers
    Fiction
    Instead of a huge asteroid threatening Earth, hundreds of small objects are inbound that will cause major damage to Earth. This causes a realization... more
  • First Men in the Moon, The
    H.G. Wells
    Fiction
    One of the earliest novels about a trip to the Moon. A scientist (Dr. Cavor) has invented a substance that blocks gravity. Cavor meets up with... more
  • Martian Race, The
    Gregory Benford
    Fiction
    When astronauts are lost in a crewed Mars mission attempt, the President directs NASA to focus on cis-lunar space. John Axelrod (billionaire)... more
  • Titan
    Stephen Baxter
    Fiction
    NASA loses a space shuttle and the decision is made to close down the program. Paula Benecerraf develops and pitches a new idea to reinvigorate NASA... more
  • Clarke County, Space
    Allen Steele
    Fiction
    Humanity's first space settlement is called Clarke County. It's a tremendously popular tourist destination. Some people even go there trying to... more
  • Earthlight
    Arthur C. Clarke
    Fiction
    In the 22nd century humanity has explored much of the solar system and has large settlements established on the Moon, Mars, and Venus. The... more
  • Higher Education
    Charles Sheffield
    Fiction
    Rick is expelled from school and looks for a job, finding a position with the Vanguard Mining Corp. It traces his advancement from initial tests to... more
  • Echoes of Earth
    Sean Williams
    Fiction
    About 100 years from now humanity discovers a new and efficient way to explore space. They send electronic copies of themselves (engrams) instead of... more
  • Podkayne of Mars
    Robert A. Heinlein
    Fiction
    This Heinlein juvenile novel focuses on Podkayne (15 year old human girl) and her little brother Clark (irritating genius). Both are Mars born and... more
  • Tranquility Alternative, The
    Allen Steele
    Fiction
    There are two major facilities on the Moon, Tranquility Base is focused on peaceful scientific research and applications while Teal Falcon is a base... more
  • Bloom
    Wil McCarthy
    Fiction
    Self replicating entities have gotten out of control and have spread widely throughout the inner solar system. While people hide in and around the... more
  • Starliner
    David Drake
    Fiction
    In the 23rd century humanity is spread out on many worlds. The best passenger liner, The Empress of Earth, carries the rich and powerful from world... more
  • Project Cyclops
    Thomas Hoover
    Fiction
    A space launch facility using laser launch technology is located on a remote island in the Aegean. Arab terrorists storm the island - their goal to... more
  • Empire Builders
    Ben Bova
    Fiction
    Dan Randolph has amassed a huge fortune and his efforts have effectively opened up space for humanity. An ecological disaster causes rapid... more
  • Hammer of God, The
    Arthur C. Clarke
    Fiction
    About 100 years in the future an astronomer spots an inbound asteroid that threatens Earth. Captain Robert Singh of the starship Goliath is... more
  • Prelude to Space
    Arthur C. Clarke
    Fiction
    The story of the Prometheus, a two stage spacecraft that can take us to the Moon for the first time. The first stage incorporates ramjet technology... more
  • Earth-Mars Chronicles: Home For Humanity
    Gerald Driggers
    Fiction
    This is a great story about the colonization of Mars and the need for asteroid defense. With decades of experience in real world aerospace... more
  • Jem
    Frederick Pohl
    Fiction
    Earth is suffering from overpopulation and inadequate natural resources. The steady march of technology means that most countries have nuclear... more
  • Mission to Mars: My Vision for Space Exploration
    Buzz Aldrin
    Non-fiction
    This book about Mars exploration comes to us courtesy of two space giants, Buzz Aldrin who was on humanity's first crewed mission that landed on the... more
  • Starfarers
    Pohl Anderson
    Fiction
    Astronomers detect signals from an alien civilization. Despite the fact that the signals originate from a location over a thousand light years away... more
  • Starstrike
    W. Michael Gear
    Fiction
    Earth's first contact with alien life is when the Ahimsa arrive. They seize control of Earths' nuclear missile systems and force Earth to hand over... more
  • Cradle of Saturn
    James P. Hogan
    Fiction
    Without the support of any government, a group of people have established themselves in the Saturn system using the resources of the moons. Their... more
  • Future Magic
    Robert L. Forward
    Non-fiction
    This book is an exploration of what our future will look like as more and more concepts transition from science fiction to reality. Laser launch,... more
  • Probe
    Margaret Wander Bonanno
    Fiction
    This novel is effectively the sequel to the movie Star Trek IV The Voyage Home. Ten years have passed and the probe that spoke to the whales in Star... more
  • Powersat
    Ben Bova
    Fiction
    Space entrepreneur Dan Randolph is determined to bring clean energy to Earth via space based solar power. He's hard at work on it when his efforts... more
  • Space Frontier
    Wernher Von Braun
    Non-fiction
    Derived from a series of magazine articles that began in 1963, this is an interesting look at space through the eyes of the man who played a huge... more
  • Target
    Janet Morris
    Fiction
    Head of security at the lunar base was a pretty boring job, although interacting with the Soviets was sometimes difficult. However, when the alien... more
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    Walt Disney's Mickey Mouse and His Space Ship
    Jane Werner
    Fiction
    Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck build a space ship and pilot it to the moon. Pegleg Pete attempts to sabotage the mission.This book was a favorite of... more
  • Centauri Dreams: Imagining and Planning Interstellar Exploration
    Paul Gilster
    Non-fiction
    Contents from WorldCat :Designing a mission -- The target : Alpha Centauri and other nearby stars -- The trouble with rockets -- The antimatter... more